Category Archives: Decking Installation

Why is Deck Ventilation Important?

A lot of people ask how much space they need under their deck, or if extra ground clearance is even necessary. At AdvantageLumber.com, we recommend at least 18 inches of open air under the joists. Anything less is risky. But why?

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Want to increase the value of your home? Build a deck!

The average return on home improvements is just 60.6%, but you can recoup up to 87 percent of your investment on a new wood deck. “A deck is one of the more cost-effective things you can do,” says Robert Markovich, Home and Yard Editor for Consumer Reports. “Decks are really a high-return item.”

Regardless of where you live, people love outdoor living spaces. It’s where the family gathers, entertains and celebrates. Building an outdoor living space is one of the most affordable ways to expand your home, and increase your home’s value. CLICK HERE to see Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report (http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/cost-vs-value).

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Common Ipe Decking Problems

What to Expect When Working with Ipe

No material comes without its share of challenges, and Ipe is no exception. This includes drilling, cutting, and price. Addressing these problems individually will help you understand why they arise and how you can solve them

Predrilling is an important step when it comes to fastening hardwoods.

Predrilling is an important step when it comes to fastening hardwoods.

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How to Properly Acclimate Decking and Siding

All wood breathes, no matter what kind it is. The fibers that make up the wood absorb and release moisture. It’s required that before you begin installation, you allow the decking to acclimate to your local environment. This helps prevent large expansion and contraction of the wood once it’s installed.

The proper way to acclimate wood is to let it sit in the area where it will be built for a period of at least 7 days. Depending on your climate, and the time of year you install your deck, this acclimation period can be anywhere between 7 – 14 days. Never let your wood sit directly on top of the ground or concrete.

Both the ground and concrete have high fluctuations in temperature and humidity and can adversely affect the decking. Do not store your material for more than 30 days before installing it. If you have to store it for a period longer than 30 days, consult with someone from AdvantageLumber.com to find the proper way to install during long periods of time.

During the storage process, the deck must be elevated at least 12″ off the ground and stickers (small wood pieces) must be placed between each row of wood. This spacing will help with the ventilation in each board and helping it acclimate evenly. Last, but not least, do not cover your wood with any tarp/plastic.

Covering it with a tarp will trap moisture and cause the wood to warp and twist. If you foresee rainfall, cover the wood with a sheet of plywood to shed the water. Always keep your material as dry as possible prior to installation.

Following these simple rules will ensure that your siding will perform as you expect it to. Not only will the boards last longer, but it’ll be free of imperfections and future defects. We encourage you to watch this video to see how not to store wood decking or siding:

How Not to Store Hardwood Decking

Deckwise™ Extreme Plugs

ipe deck with plugs
Ipe plugs keep the surface of this luxurious deck smooth.

In order to fill holes left by screws, you will need to purchase wood plugs. But if you want to go with the most secure plugs, then the Extreme Plugs is the way to go! These plugs are completely unique since they are milled with tolerance absorbing rings, which make them the safest option. You can buy the Extreme Plug in three different sizes and five wood types, Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa, Tigerwood and Massaranduba. To get more technical details and options, watch these videos:

These plugs are also great for many woodworking projects where screw holes and heads need to be covered.

Call or visit AdvantageLumber.com today to order your DeckWise Extreme Plugs: 1-877-232-3915.

The DeckWise Drill & Drive™ – The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Pros & DIYers!

Looking for a great stocking stuffer for the handyman or woman in your life? Or do you just need a really good tool to save you time when installing hardwood decking?

To properly install hardwoods you need to use screws, not nails. Thanks to today’s technology, you have the option of using tools that will significantly reduce the time for installation. One such stool is the DeckWise Drill & Drive. This tool has reduced the need to swap out drill bit for a screw head by combining the whole mechanism in a quick release locking collar.

The DeckWise Drill & Drive tool is more than just a gimmick; it’s a money saving investment. With the Drill & Drive tool, you will be able to:

  1. Save money by drilling and countersinking in one motion.
  2. Reduce the strain on you or your worker’s back by making the process faster and more efficient.
  3. Sell services to clients at a lower cost than other contractors.
  4. Build large projects or decks at a fraction of the cost and time.

For projects that require cost efficiency, speed, and quality craftsmanship, the DeckWise Drill & Drive is the perfect tool. Whether your project is big or small, the Drill & Drive tool will make working with hardwoods like Ipe, Cumaru and Tigerwood a pleasant experience.